About the study

Why is the study happening?

Ankle fracture is a very common injury. Treatments for ankle fractures aim to keep the bones in the right position while the breaks in the bones heal.

For more severe fractures, like yours, treatment often involves an operation where cuts are made around the ankle, and plates and screws are fitted against the bone fragments to keep them in place.

An alternative non-surgical treatment involves applying a snug plaster cast called a close contact cast, carefully shaped to your ankle, to hold the bones correctly while they heal. 

This study will investigate whether the non-surgical treatment option will provide patients with comparable ankle function and quality of life to those treated with surgery.

Why do we do clinical trials?

What is randomisation?

What is the role of a consultee?